Lot No. 254 (95th Auction)
"HS", German, 88 mm, 541 g, circa 1580

A fragment of a coach clock with hour self strike and later polychrome enamel dial
Case: bronze, firegilt, open-worked back side decorated with chased foliate scrolls, rear bell. Dial: enamel. Movm.: full plate movement, 2 opened barrels, iron train, verge escapement, 1 hammer, three-arm brass balance.

In the centre of the striking enamel dial sits a round cartouche with a banner: "Aufschub einer guten That, Hat schon oft gereut. Hurtig leben ist mein Rath, fl├╝chtig ist die Zeit" (Postponing good deeds is often regretted. Make haste because time is fleeting). Below the banner is Chronos with scythe and hourglass and Mercury at his side; the messenger of the gods is wearing his winged hat and carries his staff. Both gods are resting on a cloud above Europe in the form of a truncated globe.
The banner takes its wording from a song by Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim (1719-1803), poet, patron of literature and collector, commonly associated with the Enlightenment movement; Gleim was also the creator of the "Temple of Friendship", a meeting point of poets and intellectuals.
Estimate  4,500 - 6,500 €

Price Realised  6,000 €
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